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At the inquest on the child Corrado the jury returned a verdict that it was drowned by its mother, but at the time she was insane and could not be held to have killed it with felonious intent. The evidence showed, without doubt, that the woman was out of her mind. A shocking accident occurred at the Green Hills on the Bluff line yesterday. There is a stone quarry at that place, and in connection therewith a small smithy. During the day tools were being sharpened, and in tempering a drum of water was used. This water got too hot for the purpose, and was t» ken outside. The men proceeded with the work, and a drill having been dressed, James M'Kenzio plunged it into a similar drum standing near. A violent explosion ensued, and M'Kenzie staggered outside, where he fell dead, the left side of his body being cut clean away. Another man, Wm. Ramsay, had a terrible flesh wound inflicted in his thigh, and a splinter knocked off the shin bone of the other leg, and he is now in the hospital. Another man (John M‘Kenzie) escaped with slight injury. The smithy was not much damaged, but there is a hole in the floor Ift deep where the drum stood. The explosion had a peculiar cause. The drum was of the kind used for softening dynamite, and constructed on the same plan as a glue pot, hot water being poured into the jacket. There is a tendency lor steam to vaporise nitroglycerine in this operation, and it again condenses and floats on the water. It is also surmised that occasionally the water got among the dynamite, and was poured back into the jacket. The plunging of the hot iron into the drum was therefore disastrous. No dynamite had been used about the works for some time. James M'Kenzie is a married man with one child. Ramsay is a resident of North Invercargill, A Chinaman was killed in his sluicing claim at Greenstone by a fall of earth on Tuesday.

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ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES, Issue 8034, 10 October 1889

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ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES Issue 8034, 10 October 1889

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